May 7, 2008, 6:46 AM
More than thirty Secco managers recently concluded a week-long training on management skills and produce quality management at a training held at Agribusiness Services and Producers Association (ASPA) Secretariat at
ASPA, in line with its mandate to manage the groundnut sub-sector and in recognition of government’s efforts to dramatically increase groundnut production, organised the retreat. The association is of the view that to increase in quantity is meaningless without a corresponding increase in quality.
Speaking at the presentation of certificates at the end of the event, Abdoulie Khan, executive secretary of ASPA, thanked the trainees for their participation and commitment during the exercise.
He said the training would help participants in effective service delivery in doing their work. Mr Khan said his office and the Agribusiness office of the Ministry of Agriculture organised the training for the cooperative secco managers to enhance their service delivery and management skills.
The participants underwent rigorous training on management of marketing operations (purchasing, bookkeeping and quality assurance for groundnut) in preparation for the 2010/11 groundnut marketing season.
The executive secretary advised the trainees to adhere to the practice of keeping accurate and up-to-date records to especially help auditors in doing their work.
The record keeping, he said, is one of the most important practices in management.
Mr Khan thanked the resource persons for doing their best to impart knowledge and skills to others.
Other speakers on the occasion included Mr Tony Carvalo, Managing Director of GCC, and Cherno Mballow, who both expressed similar sentiments.